Half Notes: Jimmie Vaughan – Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (2011)

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Vaughan dishes a second helping of obscure blues covers with Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites. Fast on the heels of the well-received Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites from last year, everything great about that record is present on this one: Vaughan’s cropped, cool guitar picking, his smooth, drawling croon, the old school mono live-in-the-studio recording and some guest vocalist spots by the reigning queen of Austin, Texas blue singers, Lou Ann Barton. Toss in some jump blues sax by former members of Roomful of Blues, and Vaughan has the perfect recreation of vintage rhythm and blues from the mid-20th century that were important building blocks for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s impossible to pick out standouts because it’s all good, but the Barton duet “No Use Knocking” (Youtube below), the shuffling “It’s Been A Long Time” and the Jimmy Reed cover “I’m A Love You” hit the spot particularly well. If you wanna party like the cool kids of your parents’/grandparents’ generation, this is your party record. Turns out, they knew how to throw down back then, and no one understands that better than Jimmie Vaughan.

Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites comes out tomorrow, July 26.

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